2021 SEM Update - Goals 1 and 2


Goal 1 Foster a culture of enrollment growth

  •  Everyone has a role to play in recruiting students and helping them be successful once they arrive, inside the classroom and out.  This includes both faculty and staff in supporting offices.  The pandemic has forced everyone to engage at a whole new level to promote student success in these challenging times.  These efforts are at the core of our SEM plan.
  • A growing number of faculty across campus are deeply engaged in advancing enrollment initiatives through our Faculty Fellows programs.  These include work in recruitment, retention, orientation, diversity, service-learning, and other areas. 

Goal 2 Increase enrollment of degree seeking underserved student populations 

  • We have been successfully growing our underserved student population in recent years (see blue line in graph) but faced a decline this year linked to an overall decline in enrollments. We  saw a slight decrease as well when looking specifically at underserved First Time in College students (see yellow bars in graph)
  • We did, however, see a 7.4%  increase in Hispanic students enrolled in our master’s programs, contributing to the third largest Hispanic population in the university’s history. 
  • Overall, underrepresented minorities make up 20.3% of our undergraduate, degree-seeking population.  

This graph shows the number of underserved First-time-in-college students from the years 2015 through 2020. It also shows the number, each year, of underserved undergraduate and graduate students. Underserved students are defined as underrepresented minorities as well as first generation and low income students.  The chart shows a rise in both metrics from 2015 to 2018, where we reach a high of 844 Underserved FTIC students, and 7,217 overall underserved students. After 2018, the number of FITC underserved students drops, and after 2019 we start to see the overall underserved student numbers drop.  But those drops are very shallow, and in 2020 we have 790 FTIC underserved students, and 7143 overall underserved students.

Recruitment and Retention Tips:

  • Help foster a culture of enrollment growth through social media:  Share / Re-tweet WSU content and amplify our outreach.  WSU employees are influential recruiters when we share university successes with others in our social network.
  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity we have on campus and in the classroom through diversity training opportunities: https://www.wichita.edu/services/odi/training/ 

SEM Shout Outs:

  • To Instructional Design and Access (IDA) for creating over 1,000 hours of instructional training on 88 different topics (videos and remote workshops) with more than 15,000 views since March 2020.  Their support of our faculty is exceptional.
  • To the CARE Team and the Student Health and Wellness staff for creating new resources to promote mental health and continuing to provide strong support for our students in new and creative ways through remote and in-person options.
  • To Housing and Residence Life for shifting the way they operate to create hybrid communities where student programming is primarily remote, while still connecting residents via one-on-one connections and some small group gatherings. This is in addition to caring for students who have been required to quarantine or isolate and helping Student Health Services follow protocols.
  • To Student Involvement for continuing to find ways for students to connect and engage and reduce the sense of isolation in a world with so much online content.